We were trying on outfits on Lyla and we were pretty entertained. Obviously, she wasn't.
A last shot looking at her clubbed feet. This was just after her last full bath since we have to now only wipe her down with a washcloth.
Loungin' Lyla... we have to elevate her feet if her toes start to look purple so every time we lay her down we just prop her feet up to keep the circulation going... She is too cute!
Well we did it... we got Lyla's clubfeet casted. It really was a day I had been dreading ever since we found out she had clubfoot. So naturally I had been really emotional the day before and would cry at random times. Then when the day came, I cried on the way to the hospital and kept myself mostly composed at the Dr.'s until they were about to cast her. Lyla LOVED to curl her legs up to her body when she would get burped or held so every time she would curl her little legs up I would just think about the restrictions that were coming up and then sort of break down. What can I say, I'm an emotion/hormonal wreck, haha!
Anyway, Lyla did awesome at her doctors appointment. We got to the hospital she was a little bit fussy and so I fed her while we were waiting and then she was fine. When we got in we met our doctor and she was kind of quiet, which made me nervous at first, but when she realized that I was pretty emotional she started talking to us a little more and made me feel a lot better. Anyway, she was really nice and we feel really confident in her abilities to take care of Lyla. We asked the doctor about Lyla not having to have surgery and she said that she has only not done the surgery on 2 of her patients and she thought she would need to with Lyla. She said it was more of a procedure rather than a surgery. So, we're not too worried and if she needs it then we want to do whatever is best. Anyway, they pretty much got straight to business and started casting her legs and Lyla did SO GREAT! She was awake the entire time and didn't even cry or fuss or struggle at all. She was just so calm throughout the entire casting process! I really was just so proud of her. I think Heavenly Father really blessed her to be calm, probably more for my sake than hers. She really was just a little angel through the whole thing. It ends up that they think they will need only about 4 casts (changed weekly) on her right foot and the left foot they "went for the gold" and corrected it to where it is supposed to be. So in the end her last cast on her right foot will look like the one on her left. They also said they will probably put a holding cast on her left foot until the cast on her right foot gets to where it should be. So, hopefully by February she will be all done with casts and will have moved on to her braces. They said she will have to be put in braces for 3 months for 23 hours a day and then only at night for 3 years. Anyway, after a few short instructions about the casts they sent us on our way and that was that! We have another appointment next Friday to get her second pair of casts. They said that usually by the 2nd appointment the babies are on to them and they are a little more fussy, but I'm hoping Lyla will show them all up and be just as good. They also said that the first couple of days the babies have the hardest time with adjusting to the casts and Lyla has done really well with that too. She had a hard time for the first day when she couldn't curl her legs up when we would burp her. You could just tell she was trying to move them up but she just couldn't. I felt so bad for her. Fortunately, I think she has gotten used to the idea that she can't curl them anymore. She is also able to move her legs around, even with the casts on and gets quite an ab workout doing it. Also, before she would always turn on her side when we would lay her down on her back and thought that she wouldn't be able to with her casts on, but she manged to do it today. We thought it was so cute! She really will be such a strong baby. We'll have to see what she'll be able to do with the braces she'll have to wear. Poor thing, we're holding her back from exercising her skills! All in all, Lyla has done so well with these casts and has hardly fussed about them and has made it so much easier for her mom, which then makes it easier for her dad :)
Nate and I are both just so in love with Lyla and we are so proud of how good and calm she is. She is the best.
As for other things, Nate finished his last class a few days ago and does not have any finals, so he is pretty much done with school for the next few years! YAHOO!!! I am so proud of him and for all that he accomplished during his schooling. He loves school and is excited for the time that he goes to get his masters. He is such a smart guy! Also, my dad came up to see me and Nate and Lyla. We really enjoyed having him up here and we had a good time with him. He was a good comforter to me with Lyla's casting. Lastly, Nate's mom left today :( She was going to leave tomorrow but since it is going to be stormy tomorrow and since Lyla has been doing so well, she left a little early. She has been a HUGE help. She cooked, cleaned, got up with Lyla in the middle of the night... she even got it so Lyla now only wakes up once during the night to eat. She was also a really good physical and emotional support for Nate and I. Nate hurt his knee playing soccer and I went through a rough patch with my recovery and I was really emotional with Lyla having to get casts and Pat was just wonderful through it all. So tonight will be the first night that we have Lyla by ourselves... ahh! What makes me even more nervous is Nate is leaving Monday morning at 10:00am to fly to Ohio for an interview and will not come back until Tuesday evening!! So I will be with Lyla by myself for over a day with no one here to help but me! I am really not looking forward to that and I don't want him to go but I need to suck it up and not be selfish. So yeah, wish me luck!
I hope everyone is doing well!